The Landscape of the Chianti Classico Farm Villas: A Step Toward UNESCO Status

The Italian Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano expressed “satisfaction” with the decision of the Board of Directors of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO to send the candidacy of “The landscape of the Chianti Classico villa-farm system to UNESCO”, for submission to a preliminary evaluation of the advisory bodies for the purposes of inscription on the World Heritage List. “It is a candidacy that enhances an identity landscape of our nation, which has the full support of the Ministry of Culture”, declared Sangiuliano.

The candidacy falls into the category of cultural landscapes and consists of an area that includes seven municipalities distributed across two provinces, Florence and Siena, and which occupies an area of approximately 54 thousand hectares. The proposal represents, through its integrity and beauty, an exceptional testimony to the renewal process which, started in the 16th century, gave rise to a new efficient and sustainable agricultural settlement system. The image of the historic territory is still outlined today by the rhythmic sequence of typologically differentiated buildings, but consistent with the unitary production organization of the villa-farm, by the wise choices of location of the buildings, which allow for a wide intervisibility, and by the continuity of the traditional connections between wooded areas and the areas intended for the main tree crops.

The preliminary evaluation of the advisory bodies of the World Heritage Committee is the first step of the new procedure established by UNESCO for the inscription of sites in the World Heritage List. It optimizes the work of the Convention States, providing an initial assessment of the application dossier and offering observations on which to concentrate efforts during the drafting of the application documentation.

The project, coordinated by the Ministry of Culture through the UNESCO Office of the General Secretariat, was promoted by the Tuscany Region and supported by the Foundation for the Protection of the Chianti Classico Territory. The exchange activities with UNESCO were assisted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Exploring Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Wines – Toronto

I spend this afternoon tasting and exploring Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC wines at the historic Carlu, Toronto.

Participating wineries included:

Cirelli – Azienda Tilli – Tenuta Micoli – Ausonia – Caprera – Castorani– Colle Moro – Nicodemi – Cantina Tollo – San Lorenzo – Stefania Pepe – Valle Martello

Did you know?
That Abruzzo has been dubbed Europe’s greenest region. Approximately half of this area has been being designated a national parkland and habitat for endangered species as part of a massive “rewilding” project.

Despite its natural beauty and bounty, as well as a 2,500-year-long history of winemaking, this region in Southern Italy is still under-the-radar.

Pernod Ricard UK Launches New Wine Brand “Greasy Fingers”

Pernod Ricard UK Launches New Wine Brand “Greasy Fingers”

Pernod Ricard UK is disrupting the wine category with the launch of a new wine range “Greasy Fingers” which challenges traditional boundaries of wine and food pairings by ripping up the rule book and delivering two, bold wines, expertly crafted to cut through greasy food and provide the perfect match for gourmet fast food.

Greasy Fingers is a wine for moments of pure indulgence with friends and the brand is launching two varieties within its range. First up is Greasy Fingers Luscious Red 2022, a medium-bodied, fruit-forward blend of Shiraz and Grenache, with luscious cherry and strawberry flavours, as well as soft, approachable tannins. Second in the line-up is Greasy Fingers Big Buttery Chardonnay 2022, which boasts refreshing flavours of peach, vanilla, and cinnamon spice with a buttery mouthfeel.

Lucy Bearman, wine and champagne portfolio director at Pernod Ricard UK, said: “The wine category is ripe for disruption and Greasy Fingers goes back to the heartland of wine by pairing it with food in a way that breaks the traditional conventions of the category”.

She further added: “We believe passionately in a wine and food match made in heaven, but it doesn’t need to come with a white tablecloth and a qualification. This simple yet hugely effective pairing is about whipping up some burgers for friends to eat together at the weekend or indulging in a mid-week takeaway and putting your feet up, whilst enjoying a bold and unpretentious glass of wine.”

Launching in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda from this month with a £10 RRP, the brand will also be going live on Amazon and Ocado later this year. The launch comes at a time when Pernod Ricard UK has driven positive value share results in the Off-Trade for its top three wine brands, Campo Viejo, Brancott Estate and Stoneleigh, with all three brands delivering value share growth in the last 12 weeks. Greasy Fingers complements the wider Pernod Ricard UK wine portfolio with a disruptive proposition that aims to re-engage and recruit a young adult shopper into the category at a time when the number of wine drinkers under the age of 34 has been reduced.

A Territorial Concordance – Pairing Sistina Pecorino Terre di Chieti + Summer Truffle Risotto

For tonight’s wine pairing dinner, I decided to pair Sistina Pecorino Terre di Chieti with Mushroom Risotto. This pairing is “A Taste of Authentic Italy” more specifically, Abruzzo, a territorial concordance: the pecorino grape varietal and summer truffle.

Citra Vini, Abruzzo – Italy’s Inception was in 1973 and since that time, its mission has been represented by some of the most important grape varieties including indigenous varieties, in the province of Chieti.

The Wine: Sistina Pecorino Terre di Chieti
This pecorino is aromatic and bright; soft and elegant at the same time being complex, with an array of nuances – evoking tropical splendour interwoven with delicate floral notes; being full-bodied and a robust structure, it concludes with a long lingering finish.

The Food Paring: Summer Truffle Risotto

Why this pairing works
Firstly, both the wine and truffle are from the Abruzzo region, thus a territorial concordance or harmony. Secondly, the wine is rich in aromas, but without excessive body which will destroy the delicate character of the truffles – great pairing !!

The 2023 OIV Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 2023 OIV Awards were announced last week, in a ceremony in Paris.  Awards were given out by the  OIV President Luigi Moio, the Award Jury President, Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre, and the Award Jury Scientific Secretary Richard Pfister.

About the OIV Awards

The OIV Award is a distinction set out in the OIV Rules of Procedure, granted each year by an international Jury composed of eminent personalities in the vitivinicultural world, who represent the OIV Member Countries. It is a recognition on the international scale, a reference in the vitivinicultural sector since 1930.

In this year’s edition, the Members of the Jury granted overall 14 Awards, 8 Special Mentions and one Acknowledgment. 76 applications were submitted to the 2023 edition which is a record number!

Books represented a total of 27 countries, with France and Italy leading the majority of applications. The event was attended by numerous representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, together with the publishing houses of the awarded books.

Here is list of the 2023 winners:

La Vigne : Anatomie et physiologie, alimentation et carences, accidents physiologiques et climatiques / Vol.4
AWARD
Switzerland | French
Olivier Viret, Vivian Zufferey, Katia Gindro, Thibaut Verdenal, François Murisier, Carole Parodi

Châteauneuf-du-pape Histoire Géologique & Naissance des Terroirs
AWARD
France | French
Georges Truc

Vitigni, vini rari e antichi
MENTION
Italy | Italian
Ivano Asperti

Improving Sustainable Viticulture and Winemaking Practices
MENTION
Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Sweden | English
Miguel Costa, Sofia Catarino, Jose M. Escalona, Piergiorgio Comuzzo

Microbiologia della vite e del vino
AWARD
Italy | Italian
Patrizia Romano, Maurizio Ciani, Luca Cocolin

 La distillazione enologica. Manuale per la produzione di alcol etilico, grappa, brandy e la valorizzazione dei sottoprodotti vitivinicoli
MENTION
Italy | Italian
Giorgio De Vita, Pietro De Vita

Les Grands Arrêts du droit vitivinicole
AWARD
France | French
Théodore Georgopoulos, directeur

Vigne, vin et éducation Du XVIIIe siècle à nos jours
AWARD
France | French
Marie-Anne Châteaureynaud, Céline Piot, Pauli Davilà, Luis M. Naya, Marguerite Figeac-Monthus

The Routledge Handbook of Wine and Culture
AWARD
United Kingdom | English
Steve Charters, Marion Demossier, Jacqueline Dutton, Graham Harding, Jennifer Smith Maguire, Denton Marks, Tim Unwin

Faïence et vin. De la table du prince à la taverne du peuple (1640-1863)
MENTION
France | French
Jean Rosen

Viti Vini Vici
AWARD
Portugal | Portuguese
Thomaz Vieira da Cruz

The Book of Sherry Wines
AWARD
Spain | Spanish/English
César Saldaña

 Klein Constantia – The Home of Vin de Constance
AWARD
South Africa | English
Joanne Gibson, Malu Lambert

The Acknowledgment of the OIV Awards Jury
for the photographic work in Klein Constantia – The Home of Vin de Constance
To: Heiko von Fintel

Italian Wine Unplugged 2.0
AWARD
Italy | English
Attilio Scienza and editors

Histoire des vins de l’AOC Touraine
MENTION
France | French
Nicolas Raduget

Les vignerons du ciel
AWARD
France | French
Marc Paitier

The History of Rioja Wine
AWARD
Spain | English
Ludger Mees

Fazer a paisagem no Alto Douro Vinhateiro, desafios de um território
MENTION
Portugal | Portuguese
Natália Fauvrelle

La industria vitivinícola mexicana en el Siglo XXI_ retos económicos ambientales y sociales
MENTION
Mexico | Spanish
Ariel Vázquez Elorza, Norma Consuelo Borrego Pérez, Adolfo Federico Herrera García, Ever Sánchez Osorio

Petit précis de viticulture Tome 1: Terroirs, implantation et développement de la vigne
MENTION
France | French
Jean-Luc Berger Directeur de collection

Petit précis de viticulture, tome 2 / La production de raisins
MENTION
France | French
Jean-Luc Berger Directeur de collection

Sur la piste du chasselas
AWARD
Switzerland | French, English, German
Claude-Alain Mayor, Alexandre Truffer, Christian Moreillon

Oenologix
AWARD
France |  French
François Bachelot, author
Vincent Burgeon, Illustrator